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Portugal bans Britons from entering country and islands except for ‘essential purposes’

Portugal is usually a popular holiday spot with Britons over the spring and summer months. The country is known for its spectacular coast line and vibrant cities. Due to the current coronavirus situation, travel abroad has remained largely uncertain with a plethora of countries introducing entry requirements.

Last night, the UK also officially left the European Union, following the end of the Brexit transition period, after years of negotiations.

The UK’s departure from the EU will have an impact on foreign travel to Europe.

For those looking to book a holiday to Portugal for a New Year break, holidaymakers may need to think again.

The latest Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advice says the Portuguese government has announced that from today, UK nationals will not be able to travel to the country unless it is for “essential purposes”.

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The advice states: “The Portuguese Government has announced that from January 1 2021, travel by UK nationals to Portugal, including Madeira, Porto Santo and the Azores, will not be permitted, except for essential purposes, such as to enable you to reunite with your family, or for professional, educational, health or humanitarian reasons.”

Britons are being warned that they will be required to “provide evidence” to support their reasons for travelling to the country.

The evidence will be required by both your airline and on your arrival in the country.

However, the advice added: “This restriction does not apply to UK nationals who are legally resident in Portugal or any other EU member state.

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